Don't get bent out of shape
The Optician has the experience and expertise to bring your glasses back to life.
The Optical. Co offers eyeglass repair services and frame adjustments on all glasses and sunglasses. Even ones from somewhere else. Our eyewear repair service can be scheduled anytime online or visit our store in The Short North, Columbus OH. Walk-ins are welcome.
How to repair glasses
We would never recommend trying to fix your glasses or sunglasses on your own. It's always best to find an Optician with the experience and tools to repair eyeglasses, especially high-quality eyewear.
Because there are times that we just need our glasses fixed quickly, we offer these handy tips to repair your glasses.
Adjusting plastic frames
Plastic comes in all grades of quality and durability. High quality plastic frames such as SALT., Eye Columbus, and Article One are typically made of a premium grade acetate that tends to hold it's fit and is less likely to stretch and bend out of shape. Lesser grade plastics have a tendency to be less form fitting. You may find that they bow out after a short time of wear or feel a bit like elastic. When your plastic glasses do get bent out of shape follow these simple tips to get the adjusted just right.
When adjusting plastic frames, heat is the key. Never adjust a plastic frame cold or you run the risk of breaking it. Using a blow dryer on a low setting, you can heat the area of the frame you are hoping to mold. Blow dry the area for 10-20 seconds and then gently bend the frame as you like.
Be careful not to overheat or use too high of a temperature on your plastic glasses, especially near the lenses. Some eyeglass lenses are made with a very poor quality of coating on the surface of the lens. The heat may cause this coating to craze and become cracked in appearance. This is typical of bargain glasses purchased online or some big box discount stores and savings clubs.
Adjusting metal frames
While metal eyeglass frames are a bit less challenging to adjust and repair, they still require a specific skill set to manage.
The first step is to know your metals. Metal eyeglass frames come in a range of quality materials. High grade Japanese titanium frames are going to behave differently than glasses made of steel or nickel plated.
Using the proper pliers and tools, simply bend the metal frames back to place by using very subtle movements. Never use metal pliers and tools as this will scratch the frames. You should use nylon covered pliers.
Use extra caution when handling bargain glasses again. Just as quality is an issue with these frames in plastic, bargain glasses made of metal are known to snap very easily.